The Matrix: Path of Neo Xbox

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
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  1. 74
    It's a fun beat-em up and a heck of a game. It has more hits than misses and is a definite rental for anyone looking to kill a weekend.
  2. Path of Neo is a chaotic but pretty good brawler worth the time for those who still think fondly of the Matrix series.
  3. Game Informer
    73
    A mixed bag from beginning to end. [Dec 2005, p.161]
  4. Expanding upon Neo's story could have been a compelling opportunity for any Matrix fan out there; unfortunately the haphazard approach to the design and storyline are likely to offend the fans the most, leaving a mildly enjoyable beat-em-up at exactly that.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine
    70
    It's worth putting up with the game's frustrating failures for the chance to defeat 100 Agent Smiths. [Jan 2006, p.68]
  6. Play Magazine
    70
    In theory, it's great, in execution, it falls short mostly from the lack of impact imparted by the fighting. [Dec 2005, p.64]
  7. The whole thing, however, ends up pretty much over within a matter of hours. And then will The Matrix have you? Probably not.
  8. The story is told badly and some of the additions and changes are almost criminal. The graphics generally look awful with splashes of beauty, like the sight of a supermodel purging.
  9. It's the best Matrix game to date, but Matrix games still have a way to go.
  10. Like the movies, the game is more style than substance, something that needs to be corrected for any future sequels.
  11. The controls are a bit hit and miss. For the most part they seem responsive, but there are a few platform style levels that will have you trying to snap your controller in two with frustration.
  12. A craptastic game. But if you're a fan of the movies you'll still enjoy it to some degree even though the idiots over at Shiny decided not to put the freeway scene from Reloaded in the game.
  13. While the moves dazzle (slick-looking weapon strips, lightning-fast kicks to the face, dodging--and even stopping--bullets), the game does a poor job of showing you how to link these superhuman abilities together.
  14. Sure it wasn't perfect but at least it was fun and playable and easy on the eyes. I have to admit I did miss playing as Neo, which only makes it that much more painful to be the bearer of bad news.
  15. One last thing I have to touch upon is the ending of the game, which happens right after you play the final battle in the movie, it's just so completely ludicrous, I'm at a loss for words trying to describe it.
  16. To cap the experience off, the brothers Wachowski have rewritten the ending of the last film to better fit the game medium-or, as most gamers will say, they completely lost their minds. All that the new ending accomplishes, complete with its annoying final boss, is the complete and utter end to any relevancy that the Matrix saga once had in popular culture.
  17. It's worth mentioning that the ending of the game is different from the ending of the movie, but arguably not for the better.
  18. Edge Magazine
    50
    As chaotic and unrefined as it is, however, it motors on with a definite sense of purpose and provides a solid sense of fulfilment, if not necessarily one of accomplishment. [Christmas 2005, p.110]
  19. Although Path of Neo is an improvement from Enter the Matrix, it should have been much better than it turned out. I have a feeling this is going to be one of the final nails in the once lucrative and respectable Matrix franchise.
  20. 50
    A turbulent ride between decent action, half-baked graphics and camera, and occasionally clunky, but undeniably authentic presentation.

Awards & Rankings

#40 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. MichaelB.
    Dec 17, 2005
    2
    Graphics are sub-par, controls are sloppy, there are framerate problems with more than 4 npc's on the screen, and the game isn't Graphics are sub-par, controls are sloppy, there are framerate problems with more than 4 npc's on the screen, and the game isn't half as fun as it should (or could) be. Not worth your 50 bucks and barely worth a rental. It's sad to see a franchise that had so much promise after the first movie totally dug into the ground like this. They have yet to make a halfway decent Matrix game (the three they have made are all pretty horrible). Full Review »
  2. MattL.
    Dec 7, 2005
    5
    To much that was in the movies was skipped. Not enough movie action. But its pretty awsome with the bullet time and wal running. Better than To much that was in the movies was skipped. Not enough movie action. But its pretty awsome with the bullet time and wal running. Better than Enter The Matrix but not by much. It's a good game to rent but not to pay $50 for. Overall, an average game. Full Review »
  3. TomL.
    Dec 2, 2005
    5
    I was expecting one of the greatest games of the year. The matrix films should make fantastic computer games and a "Best of" collection would I was expecting one of the greatest games of the year. The matrix films should make fantastic computer games and a "Best of" collection would of been great. But instead, all it is is a thinly disguised average game with fancy moves. Full Review »